Virtual Delivery of Therapeutic Assessment: An Empirical Case Study

Raja M. David*, Allison J. Carroll, Justin D. Smith

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Therapeutic Assessment (TA) model of psychological assessment has grown in use due to the demonstrated benefits to clients. However, to date, there have been no published articles on how conducting TA virtually may impact the process and experience. The COVID-19 global pandemic led to a rapid increase in virtual delivery of psychological services, including assessments. Assessors adapted procedures to ensure that clients were served ethically, the assessor-client relationship was considered, and the results were deemed valid. This empirical case study was conducted to evaluate test validity, therapeutic alliance, and the clinician’s and client’s experience of a TA conducted virtually. The validity of test administration was evaluated by experts, who reviewed video of the administration and test results; no concerns regarding integrity and interpretability of the results were identified. Therapeutic alliance, session process, and virtual presence were measured after each session. Both clinician and client reported positive experiences. The overall impact of the TA was evaluated through quantitative assessment of the client’s experience and qualitative analysis of interviews. Collectively, this research demonstrates the feasibility of conducting a TA virtually, in an efficacious manner, that leads to positive client outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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